Product Type: Mamas and Papas prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Mamas & Papas Pliko Pramette
Member Name: perrywinkle9
Mamas & Papas Pliko Pramette
Advantages: Light, good quality, great looking pram.
Disadvantages: Can be a little overpriced.
A Pram is, for a lot of people, the most expensive single item that they will purchase for their new baby. The variety of styles and functions is huge and I would say that it is essential that you go to a store that sells the pram that you are interested in and try it out (if you intend to buy online still go in and give it a go). The pram that my wife most liked first of all was lovely but when we tried it at our local baby shop the handles although adjustable were just too tall for her, she is very small, you are more likely to encounter the opposite problem. Another model we both liked was just too difficult to collapse and as we often travel alone on the bus would have been a nightmare. Sales people in shops may try and demonstrate 'how easy' the pram is to convert and collapse but shoo them away and have a go yourself.
After two months of searching we finally decided on the 'Pliko Pramette' ours is the grape coloured one with polka dot pattern inside. Megan and I both love this pramette it is easy to use and extremely good quality. Neither of us were keen on the three wheel prams that are currently in vogue and have had no trouble in regards to the manoeuvrability of the pram.
When Lewis was first born we used this as the pram (obviously.) it lays very flat and seems to be very comfortable, I'm sure Lewis would have let us know if this was not the case. In pram mode your baby faces you which is something Meg and I were both keen on as when they are younger and less vocal facial expressions can give you a much better idea of how they are.
The pram is very light and after a little practise extremely easy to collapse so getting around is that much easier. We have transported the pram in the various different size and style of car of our friends and family and boot space has never been an issue. The net underneath offers ample storage space so much so that our fortnightly supermarket shop is done on foot using the net to carry the bulk of the shopping.
Converting from a pram to a pushchair for the first time is less easy than the marketing blurb would have you believe, follow the instructions and have someone calm to give you a hand. It's not as though changing from pram to pushchair will be a regular occurrence. In pushchair mode your baby faces away from you which can take some getting used to but your baby will enjoy seeing the world go by. The apron attaches easily and is nice but I would recommend getting the footmuff for the colder months.
The rain cover is easy to attach and does the job. We bought the matching car seat and baby bag. Having the matching car seat makes life a lot easier as it attaches to the pramette, if your baby has fallen to sleep whilst driving you can bring them into the house without waking them. The baby bag is one of the few things I have not liked from Mamas And Papas. There just isn't enough room for everything we want to carry around. Save yourself some cash and buy one with more room inside.
The Pliko Pramette will set you back between £250 and £350 as always shopping around is recommended. If you buy online compare prices regularly until you find a great price, there may be a design you like being discontinued which can be a bargain. If you buy in a shop try to get stuff thrown in for free, sales people tend to have the option to knock a bit off the price so tell them how much you can buy it for online. We bought ours when Littlewoods had an online introductory offer of 40% off up to £500, we got the pram, car seat, baby bag and bouncing cradle for under £300.
Summary: Well worth considering.
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